Associate Vice Provost for Research Policy and Integrity

California, United States
18 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
18 Jan 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Code: 1996
Grade: N11

Stanford University, a global leader in higher education, seeks an experienced professional to serve as the University’s Associate Vice Provost for Research Policy and Integrity within the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Research. This is a unique opportunity to work in a truly entrepreneurial academic community to support the University’s world-class research enterprise. 

Stanford University has a sponsored research project budget of over $1.6 billion, including the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC), and manages more than 6,000 externally sponsored research projects. As one of the leading research universities in the world, Stanford plays a vital role in shaping research policy at the national level and takes seriously its role in helping to ensure public trust in universities and their research endeavors. It must also establish its own relevant policies and standards and act with the utmost of integrity within an environment committed to academic freedom and openness. Among the critical issues to be addressed include the role of data and how it is managed and protected, undue foreign influence in research, conflict of interest, and privacy. 

The Associate Vice Provost for Research Policy and Integrity will report directly to the Vice Provost and Dean of Research (VPDoR).

Principal Responsibilities

  • Ensure that the Stanford community achieves the highest standards of research integrity, including compliance with regulations and University policies related to: 
    • export controls,
    • foreign engagements in research,
    • conflict of commitment and interest,
    • responsible conduct of research,
    • human and animal subjects in research,
    • sponsored projects, and,
    • the sharing, retention, confidentiality, and security of research data.
  • Lead the development and maintenance of Stanford’s policies and procedures regarding compliance and research integrity. 
  • Strategize with the Vice Provost and Dean of Research, the Special Assistant to the President, and the Government Relations staff regarding compliance with policies and requirements of the federal government, state governments, and foundations.
  • Design and develop an effective program to ensure that researchers and research administrators comply with the policies of the university, the policies of our research sponsors, and the relevant regulations of state and federal governments.
  • Assess the university’s needs related to research compliance.
  • Identify research compliance risks, alert university administration to those risks, and recommend strategies to minimize them. 
  • Coordinate institution-wide initiatives to prevent, detect, and respond appropriately to research compliance risks. 
  • Advise the members of the Faculty Senate Committee on Research (C-Res) and seek their guidance on matters related to their charge.
  • Recommend tools and approaches necessary to promote and encourage research compliance. 
  • Coordinate and oversee training and education related to compliance and responsible conduct of research for investigators and staff members. 
  • Collaborate with administrators and research compliance staff in the departments, the independent research units, SLAC, and the seven Schools (Medicine, Engineering, Earth, Law, Business, Education, and Humanities and Sciences) to implement the research compliance program, to clarify roles and responsibilities, and to monitor research compliance.
  • Develop assessment processes to assure that researchers and research administrators are complying with all relevant laws and regulations regarding export control, human and animal subjects, and other issues. 
  • Develop, implement, and monitor a communication and training strategy regarding research compliance issues.
  • Monitor changes in the regulatory compliance landscape, analyze the impacts of those changes, and communicate those impacts to university administrators.
  • Oversee the development of automated systems to track changes in relevant laws and regulations, inform the Stanford research community about the impact of those changes, and monitor compliance.
  • Lead working groups and committees to address escalated research compliance issues. 
  • Lead or oversee investigations of non-compliance or research integrity, collaborating with the Research Compliance Office, the Office of Risk Management, Audit Services, the Office of the General Counsel, or other offices when appropriate.
  • Coordinate or assist with inquiries and investigations relating to allegations of scientific misconduct.
  • Collaboratively supervise professional staff who are subject matter experts, as well as administrative and support staff.
  • Deliver presentations at local and regional meetings on compliance, the mitigation of compliance risk, and related topics.
  • Represent Stanford in discussions and negotiations with government agencies. 
  • Fulfill these responsibilities in collaboration with other administrative units, such as
    • the Research Compliance Office, 
    • the Office of Technology Licensing, including the Industrial Contracts Office, 
    • the Office of Research Administration, 
    • the Research Management Group, 
    • the Office of Risk Management, and 
    • the Office of the General Counsel. 

Required Qualifications

  • A model record of integrity.
  • An advanced degree in law, science, engineering, medicine, finance, business, or public policy.
  • At least 10 years of experience in a complex research and/or regulatory environment.
  • Experience in research compliance, administration, and program development and implementation. 
  • Knowledge of federal regulations.
  • Ability to interpret and explain federal regulations to a broad range of audiences within the University. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, communication skills, and conflict management skills.
  • Ability to work with faculty.
  • Proven ability to motivate, engage, and develop the team.
  • Strong organizational, analytical, and project management skills.
  • Ability to develop educational programs for faculty and staff.
  • Demonstrated experience at building consensus among diverse constituencies. 
  • Demonstrated ability to deal effectively and confidentially with difficult situations and with individuals who serve in a broad range of positions within the academic environment. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Expertise in export compliance, foreign engagement, conflict of interest, research data governance, and/or industrial research contracts. 

We believe Stanford’s future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Procedure for Candidacy:

We are partnering with WittKieffer, an executive search firm, in support of recruiting for this position.  All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited.  For consideration, applications must include, as separate documents, a letter of interest and a CV or resume.  A comprehensive leadership profile can be found at: Associate Vice Provost for Research Policy and Integrity - WittKieffer. The search will remain open until the position is filled. Nominations, inquiries and application materials can be directed to the WittKieffer consultants supporting this search, Suzanne Teer and Julia Venetos, at

In addition, all applicants are required to submit their application with letter of interest and a CV or resume via the StanfordCareers portal.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 1996
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: N11
  • Requisition ID: 87736